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« on: October 16, 2007, 04:35:41 PM »

His name was Toonces and he was 17 1/2 years old. I had him since I was barely 15.  He had started to develop chronic kidney disease over the last 2 to 3 years and even though I was giving him fluids at home every week, it really started to get the best of him over the past few weeks.  He was also having some breathing problems starting to crop up and was anemic pretty severely yesterday as well.

He had lost about 45% of his weight as well over the last 3 years which isn't good, most of that weight loss began to rapidly occur around the start of this year.

But he was fighter and got the best care from me that anyone could offer.   

The vet recommended to me that if not that day, I should seriously think about putting him down sometime soon before he got too bad. 

One of the hardest things that I've ever had to do but I went ahead and said goodbye to my cat.  I just didn't want him getting so miserable that he couldn't enjoy life anymore and he was getting to that point quickly. 

I'm thinking of getting me another cat named Swaigo that's up for adoption at the vet for cats that I go to.  My mother said I should wait a while to see what I want to do but I know that I'll miss not having a cat running around my house.  Swaigo is really cool but doesn't like being around other cats which is perfect for me as I only like to own one anyway.

Anyway, I didn't know who on here knew about my cat's problems at all but I thought I would pass along this sad news.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007, 04:56:18 PM »

Torgo, I am sorry to hear that my friend.  I can relate.  My Francine is 14.5 years old, has chronic kidney failure, and for nearly a year has been getting the fluids treatment every day...  She also gets a medicine, plus special diet.  Almost exactly one year ago I was faced with putting her down.  I was at first leery about the "treatment" the Vet recommended, but it is now daily routine.  She bounced back and is much her old self.  I am also lucky that she has always been tolerant, and though she has all of her claws, she has no mean streak (as many cats do) and though she hides from me before "treatment" time, I think somewhere in her "bubblehead" she knows that I love her and it's for her own good.  She had been very ill, sitting in her own waste, hiding in the closet, not eating, lost most of her weight (she was down to 3 pounds and still has the boniest ass I've ever seen on a cat...)  But I am terribly grateful that she's still with me.  Even at her sickest, I would duck my head into the closet where she had her hiding place and get as close to her as possible... and with the vomiting, diarrhea (you name it) she still had "pretty purr" for me.  

If you like Swaigo give him a home.  If you're a one-cat person (like Swaigo) it sounds like a match.  If you were considering a dog, I would take your Mom's advice.  With a cat in need of a home that you like, I say: GO FOR IT!

I must admit to being all too attached to my Babe (after vowing nearly 30 years ago when my first cat died to never having another one!)  But, it's the way it is and I would do just about anything for this cat, my Pinkyloo.  
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007, 05:21:02 PM »

I am not a cat person, but losing a pet is always hard.  One who had been with you for so long even more so.  My best to you and to Toonces.

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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2007, 05:29:26 PM »

I have two cats and my best wishes go out to you. 
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2007, 05:43:28 PM »

So sorry to hear about Toonces. I remember you mentioning him around here.

Last year I had to put my cat Harvey to sleep after he suffered a series of strokes. He had just past his 20th (!) birthday. Fortunately he only really started having serious health problems in the last month of his life.

I'll echo Allhallowsday on Swaigo. If you feel he's a good match: go for it!




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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2007, 06:06:00 PM »

I'm sorry to hear that, Torgo.
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2007, 06:08:49 PM »

Wow, sorry to hear about that Torgo.  Best wishes to you as you grieve and adjust.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2007, 06:35:57 PM »

My sympathies too.  I'm not a cat person, but I just substitute the word "dog" and I can remember how I felt losing some of my past companions: Tessie, Tippy, Coco, Gumbo, Snickers...  And 15 years is a long time, almost half your life.  Hard to comprehend.

On the question of adopting Swaigo, it's been my personal experience that getting a new pet seems healthy and right.  But of course it's a highly individual choice.  This page has some advice you might find useful.

http://www.pet-loss.net/newpet.html
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2007, 07:29:39 PM »

I appreciate all of the kind words.  It's been only a day but it's so weird not having my cat Toonces around. I found myself expecting him at any point today to come wandering into my living room checking to see what I was up to.

I've got an outdoor cat that I nicknamed Abbie that I've been feeding some. From what I can tell she's a stray cat but she's gotten really attached to me. I'm not sure however how she would adapt to being an indoors cat as she's still really skittish and wants to prowl. I want to take her to the vet to get her checked out but trying to get her into a carrier so far has been disastrous.

I'm going to check on Swaigo tomorrow to get some more information since I have a 3 year old nephew that comes over quite a bit and I want to make sure he's friendly around toddlers.

I might just take a break and take plenty of time getting a cat instead of jumping right back into it. I'm going to see if Abbie would come into my house any if I leave my kitchen door open. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2007, 08:30:56 PM »

I can relate. I had my cat since i was 10 years old. She was always very healthy, but suddenly one day she stopped eating and drinking. Vet said she was in sudden renal failure and it came as an overwhelming shock. Honestly it was one of the most painful things having to decide when to put her down, but strangely she let me know. She was 18 and a trooper until the end, pretending to drink water from my hand just to make me happy...and still comforting me when i was sick at th same time. She was there when i was a kid, a teenager, dating, going through bad times, grown up, jobs, no matter what was inconsistent in my life..she was there. I took it really hard, because it was so damn sudden and having to watch her wilt away before my eyes really hurt because they are little living things that deserve to have comfort and love, and you feel guilty for not being able to give them more years.

It's a personal decision when or if to get another pet. For me it took 4 years. My new cat is the craziest ball of joy ever. She's a ninja and loves belly rubs and has the most unique cat personality i've ever seen. So it was worth the wait and it was the right time for me.

I have to say don't rush just to have the sound of cat feet..my cousin immediately got another cat when hers died...it was pretty sick with diabetes and she went through a lot emotionally and financially giving it meds. She didn't give herself enough time to really honor the pet, she just wanted to forget the pain by getting a new one. Unfortunately she ended up with a cat that turned out to have IBD and requires special care because of it's sickness.
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2007, 08:39:45 PM »

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She didn't give herself enough time to really honor the pet, she just wanted to forget the pain by getting a new one. Unfortunately she ended up with a cat that turned out to have IBD and requires special care because of it's sickness.

Thanks Susan, I get a huge kick out of reading your Ninja Cat's "blogs" on her private web page.   TeddyR

My mom told me the same thing.  I'm in Toonces withdrawal at the moment and it'll take a while before I'm through that.

Swaigo is an awesome cat but I just don't know how friendly he will be with my 3 year old nephew.

I'll keep feeing Abbie the outdoor cat in the meantime and maybe if she got brave enough to let me take her to a vet I could get her looked at as her right eye seems to be kind of runny at times like she's got some kind of allergy in it, maybe a slight infection.  But she won't allow me to pick her up though I can pet her as much as I like.   
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2007, 08:59:33 PM »

  Sad news. I'm not a big cat fancier myself...but one of saddest days of my life was sitting ou t in the yard with my pal Inky...my dog when he died. He had been hit by a truck .We lived in the boonies...he would occasionally cross the road to run rabbits out of the ancient junk yard out across the fields. He was coming home-and  was crossing the road,when a tow truck flew up over the hill and smacked him.  Me and my brother Richie saw it happen. I was 15. We had that dog since I was 9.

    Sorry to hear it. Chin up, man.
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2007, 09:28:39 PM »

My condolences. I am a big animal person and since my wife and I have chosen not to have offspring of our own, our pets have become our children, so I can relate to that feeling of loss. We've both had cats and dogs over the years and just in January of this year I lost my dog that I had before I met the wife. That dog and I had a special bond, so when he died I was utterly devastated. Even now, I will get teary-eyed when thinking of him. The house just seemed so silent and empty after he died.
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2007, 10:09:44 PM »

Hang in there Torgo, for me i needed that grieving period. I don't think it matters if you're a cat person, dog person, it's just the companionship and love for a life. Strangely last year i found myself online at petfinder.org looking at kittens. I even made an attempt to adopt and was infuriated when i was rejected because i wasn't the ideal candidate. Apparently you have to be jobless and be at home 24 hours a day with a house full of cats to adopt from this one agency. And after a 2nd failed attempt i thought to myself this country has literally millions of homeless cats and i can't manage to get 1?? I got in the car and that old song "Year of the cat" came on. Sounds hokey but it gave me a little hope that maybe it was the right time to get a new cat after all. And i did.

So whether it's a week from now or years, i think you'll know when you really are ready. Just be careful not to rush into getting a new one, there's no rush. You want the right cat, so considering you have a toddler over it is soething to consider in your adoption process. In any case I'm sorry for your loss, i know that sometimes it hits us when we least expect it, you suddenly think you hear them coming into the room and they aren't there.

I got mad once when a coworkers cat died and she asked for a day off so she could take care of things. My boss just looked down her nose and said "It's JUST a cat, it's not like it's a child". I found that to be a really inconsiderate thing to say,  you can't compare one love to another like that. and a comment like that is really putting judgement on where someone places their love. I would enjoy hearing a buddhist monks' response to that.

in my mind an animal is child-like. Because when something is wrong with them you can't explain to them the diagnoses or what's going to happen. I felt incredible guilt the day I had to put her down because it was such a beautiful morning and i took her outside and held her for hours, i wished that there was some way i could have let her know that was her last day. YOu wish that you could communicate and ask when they are ready, i think in away she knew and gave me a sign that she was letting go when she made a gesture that she never once made in her life by resting her head on my cheek. (She was an extremely face-shy cat). So because they have a bit of innocence, it is a bit heartbreaking.

thanks for reminding me about mia's blog, i had banned her from the internet when i caught her surfing on porn sites..lol  She may be posting shortly
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2007, 10:23:35 PM »

I am sorry to hear that.  You have my sympathy.  We have 3 late-middle age cats, so its been on my mind of late.   Take care
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